Makloubeh Rice

Try our version of the Makloubeh recipe and you will love it. #HappyCookingToYou

Maqluba (Arabic: مقلوبة ) is a traditional Arab dish from the Levant which is popular in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia etc.

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Special Spice Mix:

  • Dhania (Coriander seeds) ½ tbs
  • Zeera (Cumin seeds) ½ tbs
  • Laung (Cloves) ½ tsp
  • Hari elaichi (Green cardamom) 14-15
  • Darchini (Cinnamon stick) 1
  • Sabut kali mirch (Black pepper corns) ½ tbs
  • Dried lemon/Lime 2
  • Haldee powder (Turmeric powder) 1 tsp
  • Oil ¼ Cup
  • Pyaz (Onion) cubes 1 large
  • Lehsan (Garlic) cloves 5-6
  • Mutton large pieces 700 gms
  • Kali mirch powder (Black pepper powder) ½ tsp
  • Namak (Salt) 1 tsp or to taste
  • Special spice mix 3 tbs
  • Pani (Water) 5-6 Cups
  • Dried lemon/Lime 1
  • Oil 1 tbs
  • Tomato paste 2 tbs
  • Namak (Salt) ½ tsp
  • Special spice mix 1 tsp
  • Pani (Water) 2-3 tbs
  • Chawal (Rice) Basmati ½ kg (soaked for 1 hour)
  • Namak (Salt) ½ tsp or to taste
  • Oil 1 tbs
  • Tomato paste 2 tbs
  • Namak (Salt) ½ tsp
  • Special spice mix 1 tsp
  • Pani (Water) 2-3 tbs


  • Oil 1 tbs
  • Baigan (Egg plants) deep fried slices
  • Aloo (Potatoes) deep fried slices
  • Tamatar (Tomatoes) sauté in 1 tbs oil
  • Pyaz (Onion) sauté in 1 tbs oil
  • Shimla mirch (Capsicum) sauté in 1 tbs oil
  • Cooked meat
  • Tomato flavored rice
  • Remaining cooked rice
  • Pani (Water) 1-2 tbs


For Special spice mix:

In frying pan,add coriander seeds,cumin seeds,cloves,green cardamom,cinnamon stick,black pepper corns,dried lemon/lime and roast until fragrant,set aside & let it cool.

In spice mill,add roasted spices and grind well.

Sift the grinded powder spices,add turmeric powder and mix well & set aside.

In pot,add oil and onion,garlic cloves and sauté until translucent.

Add mutton and mix well for 4-5 minutes.

Add black pepper powder,salt and 3 tbs of special spice mix & mix well.

Add water,dried lemon/lime,mix well and bring it to boil,cover and cook until meat is tender (40-50 minutes).

In frying pan,add oil and tomato paste,salt,1 tsp of special spice mix,water and mix well,cook for 2 minutes and set aside.

Remove the cooked meat,dried lemon and set aside.

Add basmati rice and mix well,add salt and mix,bring it to boil,cover & cook on low flame until water is reduced.

Remove half quantity of cooked rice and set aside.

Add tomato sauce in the remaining cooked rice and mix well & set aside.


In pot,grease bottom with oil,place deep fried eggplant slices,fried potato slices,fried tomato slices,fried capsicum and fried onion rings.

Add cooked meat,fried capsicum,fried tomato,add layer of tomato flavored rice and press gently.

Now add deep fried potato slices,deep fried eggplant slices,fried onion rings,fried capsicum and add a layer of remaining cooked rice and press gently.

Drizzle water,cover and steam cook on low flame for 5-6 minutes.

Recipe By: Kanwal Mohsin

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